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Review: Texas Music

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2008 by 30daysout




Of course you know that the best music in the world comes from Texas, or at least that’s what we Texans believe.  OK … just kidding, but you gotta admit some pretty good stuff comes out of the Lone Star State pretty regularly.  Here is the evidence, judge for yourself:


Peace, Love & BBQ is the latest from Texas blues and piano gal Marcia Ball, and although it’s a party from the opening track she’s not afraid to slow it down.  Guests include Dr. John, Tracy Nelson and Terrance Simien.


Lovers comes from Bobby Whitlock, former member of Derek and the Dominos, but he and wife CoCo Carmel make their home in Austin now.  This is his first studio album and it’s a blue-eyed-soul extravaganza, with a few cameo appearances by that Willie Nelson guy.


Live Cactus! Along with Lone Star Beer, Joe Ely is our other great national resource.  Here he’s mostly acoustic with accordionist Joel Guzman; just close your eyes and imagine you’re in a border town cantina.


Kashmere Gardens Mud is the autobiographical track that kicks off Johnny Bush’s album of the same name.  Bush is an acclaimed country writer (“Whiskey River”) and that Willie Nelson guy pops up on a couple of tunes here, too. 


Moment Of Forever is a new one by that Willie Nelson guy (man, he’s everywhere!), who is celebrating his 75th birthday this year.  Title song is a Kris Kristofferson tune and while the album is uneven it has its, ah, moments.


Troubadour goes down nice and easy, because it’s by long-time country great George Strait.  In his 28th year of making music, Strait keeps crankin’ them out.


Living For The Sunshine by Jack Saunders is the work of another tried-and-troubadour from our great state.  We blogged on this one last week (April 10) but we like it so much we are sharing another cut from this excellent album.  Thanks, Jack!


Come and Take It is an ancient Texas battle cry, and it’s also the newest album from Orange Is In, our little blog’s house band.  Catch them live, they’re playing at a fine establishment near you … that is, if you’re in Texas.  If you’re not, take a listen of our finest new music and we’ll leave the light on for ya’ll.


MP3: Party Town by Marcia Ball

MP3: Dice Of God by Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel

MP3: Where Is My Love? by Joe Ely & Joel Guzman

MP3: Kashmere Gardens Mud by Johnny Bush

MP3: Moment Of Forever by Willie Nelson

MP3: When You’re In Love by George Strait

MP3: Nothing At All by Jack Saunders

MP3: House Where You Go by Orange Is In

Review: “Living For The Sunshine,” Jack Saunders

Posted in Review with tags , on April 10, 2008 by 30daysout


From the first notes of the beautiful tune “Faith” you can tell that Jack Saunders is an artist who knows exactly what he’s doing. Saunders’ third solo CD, Living for the Sunshine, is a great piece of Texas storytelling that channels country and blues and stands up against any work currently on the country charts. Tunes like “Nothing at All,” “It Never Was Like it Used to Be,” “This Highway,” the rocking “Highway 71” and the title track have a Steve Earle quality to them (without the gravely voice) and would be great listening with the top down traveling out in West Texas. A nice “freight train” groove makes an appearance on “Red Dirt and Rusted Steel,” and he gets a little soulful on the excellent ‘You’ll Have to Wait.”


Saunders has been a favorite on the Texas music scene since releasing CDs with veteran Shake Russell back in the 90s. He sounds mighty comfortable on his own with this 11-track collection, and after listening to it, you’ll feel pretty comfortable yourself.


MP3: Faith


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